Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Book Blog Tour: Growing Up Ziglar by Julie Ziglar Norman

Julie Ziglar Norman is the daughter of the popular motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. Since Julie’s dad didn’t become a Christian until her teenage years, she didn't have much of an upbringing centered on Jesus in her childhood years. She missed attending Sunday school and other ways in which children learn about Jesus. She accepted Jesus into her heart on July 4, 1972. At that time she was unchurched and undisciplined and fell back into her old pattern. She lived like this for about two more decades. In this powerful book full of her personal testimony and life experiences, she shares about times she has gotten off track in her walk with Jesus and what happened to get her back on track. Julie wrote the book in a way to show readers that she made her own decisions in life, that the mistakes she made were learning experiences for her, which had no impact on how her parents raised her.

I was encouraged to read in this book that Julie was not afraid to talk about her past mistakes; the image she gave me of herself was of a woman holding her head up, not being afraid of people that might judge her. I loved how she uses what has happened in her life to help other woman who are going through or have gone through the same experiences. I loved hearing about the success stories she shared of the Alcohol Anonymous program, which both Julie and her husband attended. I also loved learning that her parents allowed her to make her own decisions and that they seemed to come back with love to her every time she made a mistake, without judging her.

Julie proves in this story how God uses our mistakes and weaknesses for good, to help many people. I believe that everybody who reads her story will be encouraged in some way.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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